Fairness in the workplace requires the equitable treatment of all employees - union and non-union - as well as small business owners. Everyone is entitled to a right to work, the freedom of association and a right to do business.
Unfortunately, Big Labor isn't interested in fairness; they are only interested in expanding their power and collecting more dues. To further these ends, they are promoting a number of controversial policy proposals that have gained traction thanks to their political allies.
If you're concerned about fairness in the workplace, you should know more about the issues below:
Joint Employer Rules
The NLRB and its big labor cronies have taken a new step to hinder job growth and economic activity throughout our business communities with their new Joint Employer rule. They recently radically expanded the standard for determining who is the “employer” under the National Labor Relations Act. The result has created these newly-minted “joint employers,” which will drag millions of small businesses into costly time-consuming labor disputes and negotiations.
Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
To protect workers’ right to make an informed decision in union elections, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) introduced the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. The legislation will codify long-standing NLRB election procedures, preventing an activist board from implementing sweeping changes on the workplace.
The Employee Privacy and Protection Act
To safeguard the privacy of America’s workers, Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced the Employee Privacy Protection Act. The legislation will give workers greater control over the disclosure of their personal information and help modernize an outdated union election process.
The Truth About “Worker Centers”
What do you do when you’re a labor boss at a time when union membership is at its lowest point in over 50 years? Anything you can to save a sinking ship, apparently. That includes forming new union front groups called “worker centers” to pull in additional funding for unionization efforts. By forming under the guise of charitable organizations, worker centers are able to seek funding from a wider array of sources than traditional unions.
In a move that will tie businesses up in red tape, the NLRB is allowing labor bosses to organize "micro-unions" with as few as three or four workers. This unprecedented move will sow division and disharmony in the workplace and destroy small businesses. The only people who benefit from micro-unions are Big Labor bosses.
Unmet Obligations & Legacy Costs
Big Labor has finally come to accept what small business owners knew all along – the promises they made to many union members cannot be met. Now union bosses are scrambling to find a way to solve funding problems faced by union-administered, multi-employer pension plans by shifting the costs to the federal government. These unmet obligations could have taxpayers paying hundreds of billions of dollars. Most of this is a result of mismanagement and recklessness on the part of labor bosses who decided to spend half a billion dollars on politics in 2008 as opposed to fulfilling their promises to their own members.
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